Thursday, March 8, the U.S. Department of defense to Congress was sent a notice of intention to sell to the United Arab Emirates aircraft missiles worth $270,4 million, reports TASS.
As emphasized in a statement released by the Department of defense for defense cooperation and security, the state Department has no objection to supply Abu Dhabi this kind of weapons.
UAE has requested 340 guided missiles «air-air» with infrared homing AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder necessary spare parts and equipment, logistical support.
«The proposed sale of these weapons will contribute to the foreign policy goals of the United States, as it will help to strengthen the security of a friendly country that continues to play an important role in efforts to achieve political stability and economic progress in the middle East, the statement reads. – This will enhance the ability of the UAE in confronting current and future threats.»
According to the Pentagon, the sale of these missiles «will not change the military balance in the region.»
The law obliges the Ministry to inform legislators about plans to sell weapons or military equipment to other countries. Congress has 30 days to block the deal, but this is very rare.
In November 2017, it was reported that the U.S. Department of defense has begun negotiations with the United Arab Emirates about a possible sale of the fifth generation fighter F-35. If the deal goes through, the UAE will become the first country in the Persian Gulf, which will receive the F-35. Currently the only country in the army which is the F-35 is Israel.